Organizations worldwide are facing a crisis. There is a critical shortage of instructors threatening the future of training programs, which is impacting the talent pool in many sectors. Not enough instructors mean not enough people being trained, leaving organizations stuck making impossible decisions – do you cut corners with safety, or reduce your services? And, importantly, where have all the instructors gone?
In recent weeks, you may have noticed some concerning news stories about the airline industry. From Southwest Airlines’ shortage of flight instructors hindering the recruitment of pilots to one Virgin Atlantic flight having to turn around mid-flight after it was found that the pilot’s training did not adhere to the airline’s training protocols, you could easily believe that the airline industry is in serious trouble. Canceled flights, grounded flights, shortages of essential safety staff… it’s not looking good.